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Project by crashman posted 01-31-2017 01:56 PM 1277 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Grandsons both play Hockey & are of course Minnesota Wild fans. I made this for Grandson Jack’s 10th Birthday on Jan 14th. The base wood is Ash, the cut out head is Black Walnut, the eye is Maple, and the moon is yellow heart. The dimensions are 26” wide x 18” high, about 1 3/4’ thick overall. the finish is Deft rattle can satin lacquer. Photos 4 and 5 show how I routered out the back side and installed some Walnut spacers for the 3d effect and allow the led’s to show from behind the head. The leds have a remote control for on and off, dim to bright and about 4 different modes from just a steady light to flashing light, to starting @ dim and going to full brightness. Fun project that turned out really nice, plus I got the big squeeze for this one LOL. Last photo is Grandpa Jack & little Jack…....................thanks for lookin….......................Jack….................go Wild

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#1 posted 01-31-2017 02:05 PM

What a great project! I love the way the LED’s really make this project POP with color! I bet it looks really nice at night too! Nothing is better than a big “Squeeze” from a Grandchild! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 01-31-2017 04:55 PM

Great idea and well done!



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#4 posted 01-31-2017 05:12 PM

Awesome project. What brand of LED lighting did you use.
The lighting really confuses me as to how to set it up for two colors.

SE MN wild fan

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#5 posted 01-31-2017 06:32 PM

This is a very nice plaque. Well done!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-31-2017 06:40 PM

I see a satisfied and happy customer! Nice integration of old and new technology,

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 01-31-2017 06:42 PM

Great project! I’m a huge MN Wild fan as well, and will have to make one of these for my son. Well done!

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#8 posted 01-31-2017 06:49 PM

Nicely done and imaginative!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 01-31-2017 07:02 PM

Wow! Awesome sign, I like that green back light.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 01-31-2017 11:15 PM

Great job!! Love the lighting and the 3d effect by adding spacers. Hopefully this will be a good luck charm for the Wild this year.

-- Still lost in Minnesota

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#11 posted 02-01-2017 03:36 AM

Chad 140, I got the led strip lighting from LE It comes in strips with adhesive on one side that you can cut and splice. The strips come in different colors, so I spliced a section of red with the green to get the effect I wanted.

Thanks for the kind comments & the Daily Top 3…..........................................Jack

After some trial and error I was able to attach an additional photo of the wild lit up @ night from my cell phone.

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#12 posted 02-01-2017 05:32 AM

Awesome project. What brand of LED lighting did you use.
The lighting really confuses me as to how to set it up for two colors.

SE MN wild fan

- chad140

if you just want 2 colors then is might be better to use plain 5mm leds if you just want them on/off without any special movements

lots of you tube videos and tutorials all you need is time

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#13 posted 02-01-2017 08:17 AM

Unique and nice project.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#14 posted 02-01-2017 07:53 PM

very cool

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#15 posted 02-02-2017 01:21 PM

Well done

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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